Coronavirus student update - campus closures

Published on 24 March 2020

Our buildings are now effectively closed, including to staff and students

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Dear students,

The announcements from the UK and Scottish Governments last night move us into a state that is close to lockdown.

The only reasons you should now leave your home or student residence are as follows:

  • Shopping for basic necessities, as infrequently as possible
  • One form of exercise a day – for example a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of your household
  • Any medical need, to provide care, or to help a vulnerable person
  • Travelling to and from work, but only where this is absolutely necessary and cannot be done from home

We urge you to follow these direct instructions as the country tries to prevent the further spread of coronavirus.

Now that the vast majority of staff are working off-campus, Estates & Campus Services are bringing all vacant buildings into a ‘standby’ mode to keep them safe for the duration of the pandemic period.

This means that most of our buildings are now effectively closed, including to staff and students.

All swipe access will be deactivated and locks will be changed on buildings where necessary. Intruder alarms and CCTV will be on at all times. If you require access to a building in the coming weeks, you should call Security on 01382 385850 and arrange an appointment to be escorted to the building. Due to critical staffing levels, only essential access will be granted and on an exceptional basis.

The Ninewells School of Medicine Library is operational for Medical and Nursing students (year 4 and 5 MBChB students and years 3 and 4 Nursing students only) who are preparing to join the fight against COVID-19, as well as University staff and our partners in the NHS who are also engaged in essential medical work. Other Students and Staff not involved must not be present and not visit the Ninewells campus.

The Kirkcaldy Campus is closed to staff and students at this time. There is no permitted access in place for staff or students. The only use of the building is by NHS Fife.

It is vital we maintain security of our buildings throughout this period. In doing this we appreciate your help and your patience in following the guidance above.

These are exceptional times, where we all need to follow the instruction of Government. It is expected the period of lockdown announced last night will continue for at least three weeks. Our community is a strong one, and we must support each other through this, albeit by necessity it will largely be through virtual rather than physical contact.

Only through collective effort, within our University community and across society, can we help limit the threat we all face.

We thank you for your patience, understanding and cooperation.

If you have any worries or questions please remember you can still access Student Services.


Professor David Maguire
Interim Principal & Vice-Chancellor

Dr Jim McGeorge
University Secretary & Chief Operating Officer


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